|Bill Polk's Neurofascia Therapy
Neurofascial Facilitated Therapy (Neurostretch) is a Fascial stretching
technique developed by Bill Polk, LMT over a period of 30 years.
These techniques are used to relieve sciatica, lower back pain, hip,
neck and knee problems. Anyone with structural, muscular or fascial
problems will benefit immediately from this therapy. In simple terms, it
involves isolating the skeletal structure to obtain access to the three
major Fascial planes of the body as described by Bill.
The techniques are effective for essential performance (sitting, walking,
etc.), rehabilitation and performance (athletic or recreation)
enhancement. They also resolve asymmetric problems either structural
or muscular in nature. Clients generally feel the difference immediately
and realize as quickly the benefits are long/ever lasting. The stretches
can be done by yourself or more effectively with a partner.
Fascia is that layer between the outer layer of skin and muscle. It
houses blood vessels, sweat glands, the superficial nervous system and
a whole lot more. Without the fascia there is no life. Plants and
animals alike have fascia. In Chinese medicine fascia is known as Wei
Qi. Wei Qi translated is the entire defense system for our bodies, it is
also known as the defensive Qi.
Dr. Chad Starkey of Northeastern University writes: "Bill's techniques
place the body in an alignment that places the target nerves on stretch.
This may release adhesions and/or muscle tightness compressing the
nerve, restricting its normal glide. By clearing the nerves' normal path,
pain and other symptoms are resolved. The techniques are similar to
standard stretching techniques, but his increased emphasis on body
posture to maximize the effects on the nerves. Some slight discomfort
(but not "pain") is experienced during the stretching, but the end result
makes it all worth while. Symptom relief (as experienced) last for 7 to
10 days, but this period can be extended by self stretching."
The idea of stretching muscle is not considered with this technique.
The premise of realizing system is absolute. The fascial systems, front,
back and medial planes are those that lay the foundation for NFT. The
basic rules are: 1) find the range of muscles within the targeted system.
2) dorsiflexion, pelvic tilt and abdominal extension are key to the core
techniques for effectiveness. 3) deep belly breathing, extension
(dropping the chin) and rotation of the cervical spine and head are also
key for absolute results.
These techniques are proven for sport enhancement. Track Athletes,
Martial Artist, Marathon Runners, Football, Tennis, and Basketball
players, Skiiers, and Skate Boarders notice an immediate improvement.
Your age does not matter, your hip replacement does not matter, your
physical limitations do not matter. Dancers, Squash players, all
athletes will know that regardless of skill level enhancement for all is a
reality. Our Matrix is real and ready to be realized.
The partner (facilitated) premise allows one to develop sensory
communication skills that should be developed in all of us. To sense
what is good or problematic by touch is a gift to be given and received.
To figure out what is going on with our bodies and more importantly
our entire being. To sense the healing and rejuvenation process that is
basic to us all through these techniques and other modalities
perpetuating what is good.
His techniques have been applauded at the USA National Masters
Indoor Track & Field Championships Athletes come to the meet
looking for Bill to help them perform their best. Billy "White Shoes"
Johnson calls the techniques "unbelievably effective and amazing".
Defensive End, Sean Jones, Northeastern University Football and NFL
Super Bowl Champions says Bill and his technique were an intricate
part of his successful career in the NFL. Said Ahmed, Derek Knight
and a host of College and High School athletes benefited from Bill's
work at the Reggie Lewis Track which Bill managed for 7 years.
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